SMG's APAC client lead heads to India

Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) has shifted Hanley King’s role from global client lead for SMG – APAC to chairman for SMG India. King, who was based in Singapore will now be based in SMG's Mumbai office and will report to John Sheehy, president, global operations, SMG.

He will be focusing on key client relationships, new business and commercial operations for the agency. Following the appointment, Malli CR, CEO, SMG India and Vishal Sampat, CEO, SMG Convonix will report to King.

In his APAC role, he managed multifaceted SMG client teams for Samsung, Mars Wrigley, Kellogg's, Novartis, Bank of America and others across the APAC region. Prior to SMG, King (pictured) was regional president for Central and Eastern Europe for Universal McCann. He had over 10 years of experience in IPG and had stints as chief operating officer of McCann Worldgroup and as managing director of Universal McCann in Prague, Czech Republic.

Sheehy said: "Hanley is a consummate professional with a proven track record of delivering results across our globally networked clients. Our recent acquisition of Convonix and our robust digital and analytics practice prove that our operations in India are among our most future-focused. I look to Hanley to work hand in hand with Malli and Vishal to continue to build upon our momentum in India."

King added, "India is a fascinating, fast-paced and constantly evolving market. And that's why it's such an honour to be joining SMG India and working with Malli and Vishal - a team that is so relentlessly focused on the future."

SMG India's client list includes Dabur, Axis Bank, Aircel and others.